A while back, we had a small work crew come replace the roof of our house. In the process, it was necessary for them to remove our satellite dish. When the job was completed, my husband placed the dish back on the roof, but we’ve had problems with reception off and on ever since. Two days ago we lost the signal completely.
My husband was mildly annoyed at the situation, but we still had an old pair of rabbit ears handy, so local channels sufficed. That is until he realized his favorite show was only on a satellite station and in three hours he would be missing it. Out came the ladder.
He spent a half hour or so up on our new roof, opening the dish control box and fiddling around with cables and connectors. He came back in to check his status and to his delight, success had been achieved. Now all he had to do was wait in anticipation and all of his efforts would be rewarded with his favorite show - the only show he made it a point to watch each week.
I looked at the preview guide and decided to see what the episode would be about this time. A rerun! Apparently, the episode last week was the season finale and the new season wouldn’t be starting for months.
He had built up his expectations of watching yet another great episode, and was greatly disappointed with the thought of a rerun. He’d already seen it once, so what was the point of watching it again? There’d be no surprises and therefore no suspense or excitement. In disgust, my husband sulked off to play video games for the rest of the night and didn’t even bother to watch the show.
For some reason, this made me start to think about attitudes towards prayer. Thankfully, God is never a disappointment. The creator of all things in existence has a vast imagination and never goes on hiatus. He is full of surprises and never has to resolve the same situation the same way twice.
For example: your electric bill is due and the IRS garnished your paycheck for past due taxes. You say a heartfelt prayer to ask for a miracle, thinking God will just buy you a little time by burying your bill in the wrong department or something. Next thing you know, there’s a letter in your mail box stating that some philanthropist paid every electric bill in the city for the next three months, just their way of helping out during the summer heat that caused hardships for so many.
Maybe you’ve been praying for years that your favorite coworker would get saved. You ask God to use you to witness to her and wait for the right opportunity. You picture yourselves in the break room crying as you lead her in a prayer on bended knee. God could help that situation to come about, but decides to kick up the drama a bit. Two months later you find yourselves trapped in an elevator together only to discover she is a severe claustrophobic. After calming her fears of the elevator, she realizes that you always have a sense of peace about you and wants to know how you do it. The door way is open and the timing is perfect.
God loves a good tearjerker too. Once, I had a flat tire on the way to go shopping. I was excited to have a little extra money to spend for fun, which was a rarity during my single mom days. I pulled into the repair place and was told that the lug nuts were too rusted and needed replaced. The cost of the service would be just about every penny I had planned to spend. I told them to fix the flat and walked to a restaurant down the street to wait.
My three-year-old son was with me that day and saw the tears in my eyes. He asked me to put him down as we were walking and he went over to a nearby bush. He picked a yellow flower off the bush and handed it to me asking, “Did I make you happy now?” I couldn’t help but smile at his tender concern for me even at such a young age. God didn’t miraculously fix the car or pay my bill for me, but he provided me with the comfort I needed and used an unexpected source. I still smile every time my son picks one of those yellow flowers for me.
Prayer can also result in a comedy that shows off God’s sense of humor and love of irony. My point is, that anytime you pray, you never know how it will turn out, but don’t stop praying! God is full of unfathomable surprises and never disappoints. What ever the prayer, you can be sure the answer will be a perfect fit because God knows all of our needs before we even ask. So, remember to keep tuning in for the next exciting episode! (I mean praying and waiting) You won’t be disappointed, because God doesn’t do reruns.
Your just as creative as me! Good idea! Good job! God is so much better than TV and if you seek after the things of God all the better than wasting your time on secular things. 3 yr olds say the darndest things! :) heh-heh.
All of us would have stories the last a mile of the unexpected but wonderful turns God has made in each one of our lives. God bless.